Tag:barrier=stile

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Public-images-osm logo.svg barrier = stile
KentStile.jpg
Description
A structure which provides people a passage through or over a boundary via steps, ladders or narrow gaps. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Barrier stile-14.svg
Group: barriers
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A  stile is a structure which allows people to pass through or over a linear barrier=* (ie. a fence or wall) via steps, ladders or narrow gaps.

How to map

Add the tag barrier=stile to the node where the stile is located.

If there is a stile adjacent where a footpath and a road join, do not place the stile at the junction, but at a node on the footpath:

OSM Barrier stile.jpg

Stile types

Stepover stile

Image Notes Tags
Dry Stone Wall and Stile, Yorkshire Dales (3875164717).jpg Stone stepover stile
barrier=stile
stile=stepover
material=stone
step_count=5 (note step hidden partially in the grass. Note that there could be 5 or less steps on the other side. If there would be more than 5 then that count would be tagged)
Daffodil Way, Dymock - geograph.org.uk - 69563.jpg Stiles where people have to step over the barrier
stile=stepover
material=wood
Stile out of Bamboo in the Philippines.jpg Stepover stile in the Philippines (CAR) made out of bamboo, the crossbars on the right side in combination with the lowered portion of the fence is the way to cross the barrier
barrier=stile
stile=stepover
material=bamboo
stepover=crossbar
See gettyimages or Pinterest post Similar to a stepover stile where a number of horizontal beams need to be pressed down on one side. The other side is weighted, so that it closes by itself. Contrary to the regular stepover stile, it requires mechanical action to cross. (There are very few surviving.)
stile=clapper
material=wood

Squeeze stile

Squeeze stiles are narrow passages in a fence or wall. They are sometimes V- or Y-shaped and may additionally have a step.

Image Notes Tags
Stone squeezer.jpg
stile=squeezer
material=stone
WoodenStile.JPG Wooden squeezer stiles often come with one step
stile=squeezer
material=wood
Stone squeezer with gate.jpg Difficulties in identifying the stile may occur where there is also a gate.
Here there is a stone squeezer type stile. The landowner has more recently added a wooden gate. This is generally done because the barrier needs to retain smaller animals.
barrier=stile
stile=squeezer
material=stone
Small gate.jpg The above should not be confused with the following example:
The above is a small gate, and should be tagged barrier=gate. The metal gate is not a recent addition and is part of the original barrier. The material for the posts is also concrete rather than stone.
barrier=gate
And additional tags as per that page.
Stone squeezer wooden stepover.jpg The primary historic interest will be the stone squeezer
barrier=stile
stile=squeezer
material=stone
step_count=1
Gate to Ash Grove Allotment - geograph.org.uk - 521945.jpg rambler(s) gate. Similar to a squeezer stile, but with movable parts. Sometimes referred to/ mapped as stile=pinchpoint. See Rambler gate on Wikipedia. stile=ramblers_gate

Ladder stile

Image Notes Tags
Metal stile taking the Nore Valley Way from the Sion Road on to farmland.jpg
barrier=stile
stile=ladder
material=metal
step_count=4 (bottom rung on the ground not counted, step to the top platform counted)[1]
Ladder stile Snowdonia.jpg Stiles where there is a ladder either side of the barrier.
barrier=stile
stile=ladder
material=wood


If known, the material should also be tagged. For example, stone stiles form part of the historic landscape character of the UK, and identifying their location is useful in preservation work. Where possible, the stile should be tagged with material=* with values stone, wood, or metal.

Tagging stile type is useful for evaluating how easy a stile is to use for people with restricted mobility, for example older people who want to hike but would have problem with ladders.

Step-over and ladder stiles can have the number of steps added using step_count=*, also useful to judge how demanding it will be to pass for people with limited mobility. step_count=* should be set to the number of steps on one side. If step count is different on each side, the larger one should be used.

Dog gate

Some stiles have small "dog gates" attached to them. There is a small hole at ground-level closed off by a plank of wood that can be pulled up from the top of the wall/barrier to open up the gate and allow a dog to pass through. The term is used in British Standard BS5709:2018. Tag these with dog_gate=yes.

Double stiles

Two stiles close together occur in frequently in some locations and may make the mapping of adjacent features, particularly hedges and fences, awkward.

Situations where these occur include:

  • Stile at either end of a footbridge over a stream or river. These are straightforward. Example way 660752957
  • The landowner has added a fence in front of pre-existing hedge which has required an additional stile. Presumably the hedge is no longer stock proof. Again fairly straightforward as both the original hedge and the fence can be mapped. Example way 399074841
  • Very thick hedgerows (~ 5 m or more). Very often these appear to be two adjacent hedges which have merged. Often there is a stream or ditch as there is often a small footbridge between the stiles. Examples: way 399074867, way 369403087. The difficulty here is how to represent the hedge. Hedges are usually linear features, and Carto-OSM treats closed ways as linear features even when tagged with area=yes (partly because often barrier=hedge is often added to other features breaking the one feature one element rule.

See also

Other names

Norwegian: Gjerdeklyver, trapp

Common/possible tagging mistakes

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If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!